A “monster” fire had devoured almost 91 square miles and continued to burn between Mannford and Kellyville in northeastern Oklahoma's Creek County as light rain and cooler temperatures gave firefighters a brief respite Sunday, said Oklahoma Forestry Services spokeswoman Michelle Finch-Walker.
She described the blaze as hopscotching as it burns some areas and leaves others untouched.
“It's not like an inferno moving across the landscape,” Finch-Walker said. “You can drive for miles down the highway and see nothing but black, but then you can see pockets of green, pockets unburned.
“Maybe there was a creek (that stopped the fire),” she said. “Maybe the wind blew it in a different direction.”
Finch-Walker said residents of the town of Mannford, which was evacuated Saturday, had been allowed to return and that she was not aware of any other evacuation orders.
Officials with the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management did not immediately return phone calls Sunday seeking comment.
Nigel Holderby, a spokeswoman for the American Red Cross, said shelters remained open Sunday in Payne County, about 35 miles to the west.
Finch-Walker said three firefighters were treated and released Friday after suffering burns, but there had been no reports of serious injuries as a result of wildfires statewide. Since late last week, as many as 18 fires have been reported.
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